CRISTIANO SERINO (b.1973): Per Tutta la Durata di un Arco for Viola and Strings (Gianluca Saggini [viola]), FRANCESCO ANTONIONI (b.1971): Lights, after the Thaw for Viola, Clarinet and Strings (Ada Meinich [viola], Dmitri Ashkenazy [clarinet]), MAURO CARDI (b.1973): La Follia for Viola/Viola d’amore and Strings (Luca Sanzò [violas]).

Catalogue Number: 03V070

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 96053

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Concertante works for viola and ensemble, which explore between them the centrality of the viola within a string section, and within the pitch range of an orchestra, and how the viola can both journey from that centre and rediscover its natural home there. Serini’s work is based on the duration and extension of a bow-stroke; in his piece Antonioni paints a soundscape of light and ice and flowing water in which a clarinet duets with the viola; it is the viola’s antique cousin, the viola d’amore, that takes the starring role in Cardi’s La Follia, based on the chord progression which inspired countless 17th- and 18th-century composers such as Corelli, Tartini and Vivaldi. I Solisti Aquilani; Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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